All We Ever Do is Talk About Wood
By Tom Horacek
Drawn & Quarterly
As one of the medium’s longest reigning genius, it’s nearly impossible to quantify Charles Schulz’s impact on the comic strip. Nearly every strip that has been conceived subsequently owes an incalculable debt of gratitude to Schulz’s long-running strip Peanuts, and while plenty have borrowed heavily from many of the author’s now near-ubiquitous tropes, nearly all have failed to capture the true spirit of the strip, but not for lack of trying.
It’s immediately clear at first sight that, like countless artists before him, Tom Horacek’s work takes strong aesthetic cues from Schulz, imbuing even his adults with proportions similar to the children that populate the Peanuts universe. Schulz’s influence permeates much deeper than body imageine in All We Ever Do Is Talk About Wood, however. Whether conscious or not, the single sentence captions that accompany Horacek’s one-panel cartoons capture a quality oft lost in the translation amongst the slew of copycat strips that have arisen in the wake of Peanuts’ massive popularity: pure existential angst.